I don’t do ‘heavy’ eye-makeup that often, you guys know I am a neutral girl at heart. But ever since I received the new Illamasqua Neutral Palette*, I’ve been dying to have a play around with it and create an evening smokey eye look. Now I’m not gonna lie to you ladies as I didn’t actually wear this look out; the highlight of my evenings this week has been being bathed and hair-washed by 8pm and rolling into bed! But next time I have a night out on the tiles, I know I’ll be rocking this look!

For the rest of the makeup I kept it simple with my Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation in 3, By Terry Touche Veloutee Concealer in Beige, NARS Madly on the cheeks and then my new favourite lipstick – Shu Uemura’s Rouge Unlimited in BG922 on my lips. For the eyes I used all the shadows from the Illamasqua Neutral Palette. Firstly, I dusted the matte creamy white shade Stealth all over my eyes up to my brows to give a nice neutral base with a MAC 224 brush. Then I used my favourite shade from the palette, the golden shimmering bronze Vintage, which is exclusive to this palette, all over the lids and brought it quite thickly under the eye too. I gave this a blend around the edges with a MAC 217 brush. This shade is seriously gorgeous, think MAC Woodwinked, but without the orange undertone. For the crease colour I picked Wolf, a matte chocolate brown, which I blended into the crease with a MAC 224 brush. Then finally for the outer corners, I popped a little bit of Obsidian, a brand new rich black shade with a Real Techniques Detailer Brush and blended that out with a MAC 224 again. To finish off the eyes I threw on a fair few coats of my favourite L’oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara and tightlined my eyes with the Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Whiskey.

That’s rather a lot of products for me, especially eye-makeup-wise, but I really like the outcome. I especially liked how the shadow under the eyes looked, I think this is something I will try and always do with eyeshadow looks from now on. The shadows from the Illamasqua Neutral Palette really impressed me, especially the shade Vintage. All of them together create the perfect go-to smokey eye, but I think the shade Vintage with a touch of Wolf in the crease would be great for a quicker option or just Stealth with Wolf for a more daytime look. I guess I’m trying to say it’s a very versatile palette! The only shade that wasn’t too fab was Obsidian in my option, if you are looking for an extreme dark, dark black this isn’t really it – I found it to have quite a powdering consistency, whereas the others were much more creamy and easy to blend.

If your interested in grabbing a palette for yourself, they are now available on the Illamasqua website, or at counters across the country for £30. What d’ya think of my smokey eye look, you like?

*PR Sample

  • Winter

    I absolutely LOVE this, you look gorgeous!
    What is that colour on your waterline (is that also whiskey)?

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks, yep it’s also whiskey x

  • http://tashamakesup.blogspot.co.uk/ Tashamakesup

    Love this look on you! Smokey but still really soft! Love it x 

  • Nathalie xoxo

    The smokey look suits you so well! But I would also only wear this for a night out, like you I’m a neutral girl at heart :) I’m definitely going to try to recreate this makeup with the shadows I have! xx

  • Anonymous

    Such a pretty evening look, love it!  

  • http://larainezcox.blogspot.com/ Lara Inez

    this looks absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • http://twitter.com/sian_lb Sian Lenihan

    this look is amaazinggg on you! although it’s an evening look i think it still looks very natural & true to you. really gorgeous, i love the golden tones x

  • Heather Nelson

    This is lovely! It really suits you too. I love smokey eye’s that aren’t just various shade of black and grey. 

    Heather xo

  • Vic

    That’s really pretty, really suits you xx

  • http://aftermusing.com/ imee

    Gorgeous! It makes you eyes pop but it looks really natural. 

  • Nicola

    That is amazing! I love how you created a look that suits you and you should wear it more often! 


  • Jennifer Horsburgh

    I love this palette! I just wish there was more product I think, but the colours do all compliment each other well and they look gorgeous on :) I don’t really suit a heavy eye so I always stick to my boring liquid liner look. Need to start experimenting!xxx

  • Phoebe

    I think this looks so cool. The under eye colour is my favourite.

  • http://kellinasthoughts.blogspot.com/ Kellinas Thoughts
  • Georgia

    Love these colours. I usually go for neutral colours too, and this seems perfect xx

  • Joanna Rance

    you look so gorgeous! i love neutral colours, and i think even though they are more subtle than the brights, they sometimes do give more of an impact:) this is such a lovely eye look, im definately going to consider getting this pallette!xx

  • xoxpinkypwincessxox

     Wow- you look stunning!

  • http://darlingcatalina.tumblr.com/ Noura Sami

    you look stunning dear! 

  • Sarah S.


  • Emma

    One word… Gorgeous! Xo

  • http://twitter.com/beckie3108 Beckie

    <3 Love it!! x

  • http://www.scaredtoast.com/ Tabitha – Scaredtoast

    This looks beautiful…your eyes look amazing!  I’m yet to branch out into Illamasqua products, but I think I’m going to start with the Satin Primer.  Call me cheap though, but £30 for 4 eyeshadows seems a helluva lot, considering the Naked Palette is only £6ish more….and they look quite small.  I love the colours, but not sure I’d part with the money x

  • xblueluvax

    Wow I think this look is gorgeous! It really suits you too and compliments your eyes. Your posts always make me feel like buying the product you’re talking about!  x 

  • Shenley Gallimore

    you look beautiful with heavy eyes. Maybe try this a bit more.

  • http://www.obsessionstolivefor.blogspot.com/ …OBSESSIONStoLIVEFOR…

    I LOVE this look on you! I’m always afraid to add to much under my eyes, but after seeing this look I’m definitely going to try it out! Thanks for the review and swatches!!

  • elizamaemakeup

    you look beautiful with this make-up look! another great product by Illamasqua :) xox


  • drivelhead1807

    This is stunning, it really makes your green eyes pop x

  • Missjem

    This looks stunning on you!! I need it now ha :) great post! X

  • http://themusingsofflorence.blogspot.com/ Florence Brown
  • http://notjessie.blogspot.com/ dontcallmejesse

    Wow, that palette is lovely! Thank you for using the Shu lipstick for this look, too – I’ve been scouring the internet for lip swatches since your Shu event post! haha :D

  • http://twitter.com/viviiannac Vivian

    this palette is gorgeous and it looks amazing on you! xx


  • Sheilaoriordan75

    I really love that eye makeup and I’m so jealous of how it looks on you.  I am quite a bit older than you but I’ve just never felt that I could do makeup under the eyes, I’ve got very large dark eyes and I don’t know what it is about the makeup brought under them, I’m very much a neutrals girl.  That looks suits you SO well though, you might have convinced me to try a gold/bronze under the eye and see how it works, as I’ve always only tried it with a darker colour.  You look disgustingly pretty in that picture!

    • http://www.viviannadoesmakeup.com/ Vivianna

      Thanks! x

  • Supersmashingsmiler

    Love this look, its beautiful, the Estee Lauder summer palette (island oasis) from last year would replicate this well I think. XXXX

  • Sophia Moir

    OMG babe you look AMAZING! I suck at smokey eyes lol so your mini tutorial really helped :-) Btw have you got NARS Laguna? How does that differ to NARS Madly? Xxx

  • helen.betts

    Look amazing, the gold compliments your green eyes so much!


  • Anonymous

    Damn, you look gorgeous!! x

  • Beth Bradley

    This is gorgeous. I love the gold shade!

  • http://www.twist-and-shout.net/ Raz

    This looks absolutely incredible!

  • Maggie Ryan

    You look  gorgeous Anna :)

  • Lucy

    that is jaw-droppingly stunning! wow! i really love the colours in the palette- may need to put this on my beauty hit list!xx


  • Jennifer

    That is seriously gorgeous sexy eye makeup! I think I may need to get this palette!

  • Kathryn

    You look gorgeous! x

  • Pink_angel888

    do a video tutorial on this please!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=619559358 Rhiannon Scott

    Absolutely gorgeous. I agree with the post below, you should really do a video tutorial on this look.

  • Luana

    wow, makeup looks stunning!! 

  • naomi baxter

    This looks gorgeous! I love the colours. xx


  • Theglowdown

    I am crushing on this palette so hard, and even more now! Love the use of shimmer on the lower lash line. It’s a great point of difference.

    I just used almost half of the Human Fundamentalism collection this palatte is from in my recent Lust List blog post inspired by easter brights at the-glow-down.blogspot.com. Illamasqua are doing some really exciting things in make up right now.

  • Ella

    Love love love this look, I want this palette so badly! I already have so many neutral eyeshadows but somehow I must get my mits on this one! I think the look is really unique and you look stunning xx


  • xlucykellyx

    I want this palette now!!

  • Hayley Ann

    you look gorgeous!

  • http://shinyprettythings-alice.blogspot.co.uk/ Alice

    This is a gorgeous look – it has definitely made me want this palette despite the fact that I own far too many neutral/smokey brown shades!! I’m a bit like you in that I don’t often wear eyeshadow but I am really enjoying playing around with it at the minute! Love it! 



  • barb brussels

    stunning! so amazing!

  • Shode

    awesome-ive been looking for Illamasqua Neutral palette looks and reviews!!!

  • Shode

    and yes- a video tutorial using this palette please!

  • http://twitter.com/AmbarinaHasan Beauty Passionista

    OMG! Just seen this!! Utterly love this eye make! I need to replicate this!!! Might need a little help though… :)

    Ambarina xXx

  • Claudia Grace

    wow! that looks amazing on you! xx

  • Luna Hodson

    Gorgeous X

  • Luisa

    Just lovely

  • Melina

    Would you mind telling me what brand/shade the lipstick is please? I love it and have been after a shade like that for ages but all are either too pink or too peach, yours seems to be the perfect balance – would really appreciate a reply, thank you.

  • Emma Handley

    Wow, your make up looks amazing here!